Earlier this month, nearly 300 rural stakeholders, leaders, and advocates convened for the 13th Annual Rural Policy Forum, hosted by the Arizona Rural Development Council (AZRDC). Representatives from all 15 counties traversed the state for the two-day conference in the White Mountains, eager to seek new solutions for building stronger, more resilient rural economies across Arizona.
The 13th annual Rural Policy Forum is right around the corner, featuring the ever-coveted Funders Roundtable. At every forum, attendees have the opportunity to connect with key, state-wide funders and learn about the specific programs and funding mechanisms available to their rural and tribal communities.
The Pines Motel, located in Cottonwood Arizona, has prioritized its commitment to sustainability for years. Since 2011, this family-owned-and-operated motel has been designated a Certified Green Lodging destination; an accreditation established to incentivize AzLTA lodging members to further improve their sustainability efforts.
The Arizona Rural Development Council and the Ajo, Arizona community have come together to build a community profile that highlights the multitude of assets hidden in this remarkable town.
Science Happens Here wraps up another successful semester in Cottonwood and Greenlee County! After weeks of embarking on a community-wide scavenger hunts, two determined classrooms earned themselves fascinating visits from the Arizona Science Center.
The Arizona tour of Water/Ways is a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian has partnered with Arizona Humanities, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University to bring the exhibit to Arizona. Water/Ways will tour 12 Arizona rural communities starting in June 2018 and will conclude in March 2020.
National Heritage Areas stimulate local heritage-based economic development by marketing regional heritage tourism, and promoting place-based foods, arts, crafts, and other traditional products. There are 55 National Heritage Areas in 32 states across country, with many of these areas seeing a significant increase in tourism following the designation. We celebrate Santa Cruz Valley for joining the list of designated National Heritage Areas.
The story of Ajo’s Farmers Market Store & Kitchen transcends solutions for addressing food insecurity. This example of grassroots collaboration acts as a model for creating opportunity out of almost any service gap prevalent in a community; exemplifying the necessity for mindful cooperation and adaptation to create meaningful change.
Last week, over 70 members of the Camp Verde community gathered at Thanks A’ Latte, a community hub disguised as a local coffee shop, to celebrate the official launch of the “Camp Verde Grows” mural on their north-facing exterior wall. Learn why the repurposing of blank walls with stories of a community’s most celebrated assets has become a pillar of rural revitalization throughout the state.